Watch This: Even at the beginning of The Sopranos, there’s no escape for Tony

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: The unofficial start of summer has us thinking of TV road trips.

The Sopranos, “College” (season one, episode five; originally aired 2/7/1999)

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was the herald of a new era of TV character, one unbound from four decades of the medium’s conventions. Millions of people invited The Sopranos‘ protagonist into their homes, but they wouldn’t want to have him over for dinner. He did bad things onscreen, yet viewers were still asked to understand him on a human level. The fact that nearly every episode found him spilling his mafioso guts (however cautiously) to a therapist aided in that understanding, granting unprecedented insight into a character’s psychological state.

Five episodes into the series, Tony takes his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) on a tour of …

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